superb sounding little DAC.
Very airy, natural, detailed and linaer sound. Does not alternate your music in any way. No background noise recogniseable even on highest volume setting on my headphone amplifier. I am using the DAC with my STAX SR-307/SRM-323 amp electrostatic headphones combo and can very much recommend this combination. With high res 88200 or 96000 Hz FLAC files and binaural recordings for best 3d immersion it's just fantastic. I downsmple19200 Hz files to 96000 Hz with SoX in foobar2000 and can't hear a loss compared to my Fiio X3, which is capable of 192000 Hz asynchronous USB playback. I have compared the DAC to my Fiio X3 as external DAC and find the Sabre DAC superior to the Fiio.
I'm using this to bypass the crappy on-board sound card on my Asrock motherboard. I'm using Grado SR60s, so definitely nothing fancy. Needless to say, gone is the audible hiss with no noise present, and music sounds wonderful! I haven't heard music this clear and detailed in such a long period of time.
The only thing negative about this device, on no fault of its own or its designers, is that it doesn't work with USB OTG for my Moto X or HTC One. I guess those phones don't provide enough power through the USB port to power the device. I've tried a standard USB OTG cable and the special cable that has an additional Y splitter to provide power, but it still doesn't work. I haven't seen any mentions of the above combination working, so there you go, it DOESN'T work.
I'll probably try a powered usb hub soon.
Superb. Detailed, airy, balanced, rhytmic. For the price, a bargain.
Just received this a couple days ago. I have it hooked up to a Macbook, feeding into an old Hitachi tube amp and a pair of 3 way Infinity tower speakers. I use it mostly for streaming audio or ITunes playback, plus occasional FLAC playback through VLC. It works great! Sometimes when I first hook it up or switch between applications there's no signal for a very short while - closing and reopening the offending application has always fixed this so far. Otherwise it's awesome. Sounds good, and louder for whatever reason than the built in Macbook audio port which is an unexpected bonus. I was worried it might just reveal all the flaws in my terrible low quality sources, but nothing sounds worse and it's actually fixed a mysterious mid-range grinding sound that was happening intermittently. High quality FLAC files sound awesome, of course. Highly recommended - at this price you don't have much to lose.
I am usually very sceptical when it comes to other's opinion about sound quality. So I decided it was time to give it a try myself and I bought this little piece of art. I did an A-B comparison with a sound card that is supposed to be high end: Audiotrak Prodigy HD2 Dl. I had a very hard time distinguishing between A and B. That's a good sign! The DAC's sound is very detailed over the complete range of supported sample rates. I did not believe that a piece of electronic could sound even sound better after a short run-in time. This Sabre DAC proved otherwise. The sound can only be described as more relaxed, when adding the DC-DC converter in between. In our country we have a saying for buying something that's not worth the money: "To buy a cat in a bag." The Sabre Async DAC is definitely not a Cat bought in a bag, but more like a Jaguar for the price of rusty Renault. Keep up the good work guys!